For those of you who don't know what NaNoWriMo is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month. In short, you write a novel (or at least 50,000 words on a novel) in a one month span. NaNoWriMo takes place every November, and I've never been able to participate because of the holidays and being out of town to visit our family.
Well this year they changed things up a bit and did something called Camp NaNoWriMo, which is the same thing as NaNoWriMo, just set in the summer (hence the summer camp theme). I
This story flowed like no other that I have ever written. It seriously seemed to take over my thoughts, my actions, my life. I found myself writing much more than the daily quota needed to "win" at the end of the month. And I was totally okay with that. It was like I couldn't tell the story fast enough. Sometimes I'd check my word count at the end of the day and see that I had written over 4K for that particular day, but it didn't seem like I'd written hardly anything at all.
Last night I hit the 50K mark, thus "winning" my first NaNoWriMo. I am pleased as punch. I never thought I'd be able to write a nearly completed novel in less than a month. Never. This whole experience has taught me so much about writing, and about myself. I see how that I wasn't writing nearly as much per day as I could have been. Sure, I was still writing, but I never seemed to get anywhere with my story. I see now that it can be done, it can be accomplished, it just takes a lot of work and self discipline.
I took today off from writing after writing literally every day for 24 days straight, and it felt weird. I felt almost lost, like I had no idea what to do with my day. But I do think my brain needed a day off to rest. My new goal starting next week is to write (or edit) 2,000 words a day at least four days a week. I will take weekends off, because it'll be nice to have a break and I need one day out of the week to get all my errands/appointments done, but I see no reason why I shouldn't be able to write 8K a week. None. The only thing that has been holding me back was laziness and excuses.
So my question to you is, what's holding you back? What excuses are you making to not write that novel you've always wanted to write? Because I promise you, if I can do this, anybody can. Including you.
(Also a special thank you to my NaNo "cabin mates" Carolyn, Jackson, Kate, and Natasha. You have all been such an inspiration to me this past month, thank you for helping me stay motivated and keeping my tummy full on virtual smores.)